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July 2019 • The email newsletter of NEIWPCC, publisher of Interstate Waters

IN THIS ISSUE: Backcountry MonitoringYouth and the EnvironmentTMDL WebinarsPeconic Program MovesIn BriefAccoladesNotices and Events

Checking Backcountry Ponds

Volunteers are inspecting backcountry water bodies in the Adirondacks for aquatic invasive species. A new video highlights their work.

The four-minute video, produced by the Lake Champlain Basin Program and released in May, shows the work of volunteers trained by the Adirondack Mountain Club in 2018.
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Youth Program Expands to Lawrence, Mass.

Eight Lawrence and Lowell high-schoolers are getting closely acquainted with wastewater treatment this summer.

In Lowell, four teens are shadowing operators, lab technicians, and other employees at the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility. They also complete maintenance tasks like weeding or hosing down settling tanks.

Lowell teens in NEIWPCC’s summer Youth and the Environment Program took a field trip July 12 to visit the New England Aquarium in Boston.

In Lawrence the students split their time between the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District wastewater facility and the city’s drinking-water plant.
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Pollution Budget Tips from Across the Country

Learn from the relative abundance of different microscopic algae species.

Enlist a local civic group to help with your public outreach.

Promote the use of liquid anti-icing agents.

All of these pointers were offered by speakers in a national webinar series about pollution-load calculations and related implementation plans.

Anti-icing, applied here only in the left lane, is the practice of applying salt as a brine or other form before a storm event. It can prevent ice from bonding to pavement and can dramatically increase salt use efficiency. From webinar 3/1/2018. DUPAGE RIVER SALT CREEK WORKGROUP

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Peconic Program Moves In

Map of Peconic Estuary with localion of new office

The Peconic Estuary, on the eastern fork of Long Island. The new PEP office is indicated with a red star.

The staff of the Peconic Estuary Program is closer than ever to the place it protects after moving in to new offices on May 16.

“We are thrilled that we are in our watershed in the Town of Riverhead, [New York],” said the program’s director, Joyce Novak, last month.

The program office had been in a Suffolk County building in nearby Yaphank.
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In Brief

Confirmed: PFAS is showing up in sewage sludge in Maine.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire is weighing new PFAS standards that could go into effect in October.

New Hampshire also filed suit against makers of PFAS chemicals for drinking-water contamination.

Against this backdrop, the Northeast Committee on the Environment of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors last month called on the federal government to step up its role in regulating PFAS.

Plastic biofilm chips released accidentally from a wastewater treatment facility in Hooksett, New Hampshire, turned up in the Bay of Fundy, along with other trash.

Connecticut’s legislature has ratified its state water plan, developed by a contract that NEIWPCC administered.

New England EPA has developed a GIS-based “storymap” of the Merrimack River watershed.

NEIWPCC’s extreme weather class is mentioned in a July 5 Providence Journal story about the 2010 Pawtuxet River flood and its aftermath. Then, flooding shut down or impaired several wastewater treatment plants.

Accolades and Accomplishments

NEIWPCC’s Heather Radcliffe, who joined the staff in 2012, is the new leader of the Commission’s Water Resource Protection Division. She continues to serve as staff attorney.

Also in the Commission’s Lowell office, congratulations to Shelly Jenkins, promoted to information officer in the Wastewater and Onsite Systems Division, and to Christina Stringer, now program manager in the Water Resource Protection Division.

Eric Howe graduated from the 2019 Vermont Certified Public Manager Program. Howe is the program director for the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

Julie Doherty (information officer, Lowell) earned certification through the Society for Human Resource Management.

Vicky O’Neill (environmental analyst, Long Island Sound Study habitat restoration and stewardship coordinator) recently completed the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program. O’Neill is also a co-author of the U.S. Geological Survey’s recent “Hurricane Sandy Impacts on Coastal Wetland Resistance” (April 2019).

The Hudson River Estuary Program won the Clear Communication Award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the 2018 Annual Hudson River Estuary Program Coordinator’s Report produced by Maude Salinger (information officer, HREP).

Commission Chair Doug Fine has accepted the new position of deputy regional director in charge of the Massachusetts Bureau of Air and Waste’s Worcester office, vacating his office on the Commission. Vice Chair Mark Klotz of New York will chair the September Commission Meeting.

Congratulations to Janine Burke-Wells, a NEIWPCC Commissioner for Rhode Island. She is the new executive director of the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association.

Jennifer Lichtensteiger (environmental analyst, Lowell) was elected to the Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association’s Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning July 1.

Staffing Updates

Through new contracts and staffing changes, we are pleased to welcome the following staff members:

Hudson River Estuary Program, New Paltz, New York

  • Emma Clements, information officer

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, Providence, Rhode Island

  • Julia Twichell, environmental analyst – watershed and GIS specialist

New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Water Supply Protection

  • Noreen Gallagher, environmental analyst – drinking water specialist (Albany)
  • Grant Jiang, environmental analyst – drinking water specialist (Monticello)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Section B (Source Water), Albany

  • Haley Gallo, environmental analyst

Notices and Events

Opportunities

NEIWPCC is currently hiring for multiple positions. Full descriptions are available on our website.

Lowell, Mass. headquarters

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Environmental Analyst, Wastewater and Onsite Systems
  • Information Officer, Events and Operations Coordinator

Requests for proposals, employment opportunities, and internships are posted as they become available.

Events

iWR • July 2019 • To front page

Backcountry MonitoringYouth and the Environment
TMDL WebinarsPeconic Program Moves
In BriefAccoladesNotices and Events